We all have our own holiday traditions. For some of us, a time-honored tradition is enjoying Chinese food takeout on New Year’s Eve. It’s fast, it’s festive, and there’s something on the menu for everyone.
There’s just one dilemma…what wine will pair with your favorite Chinese takeout dishes? Chinese food can be a melting pot of flavors, a combination of salty, sweet, sour and spicy. Foods that are so multi-layered can be difficult to pair with wine.
To find a wine that will elevate your meal, consider how your food will interact with it. Here are our favorite pairings:
Shrimp Fried Rice - Pair with Weed Cellars Chardonnay
Simple ingredients are combined with shrimp, seasoned and stir-fried. Stir-fried shrimp is inherently briny and juicy. A white wine that matches its weight, such as the rich, tropical Weed Cellars Chardonnay will pair well with this dish. Tasters will associate the fruitiness of the Chardonnay with sweetness, which balances out the salty notes of the shrimp and fried rice. If you enjoy sweet-and-salty dishes, this pairing is for you!
Vegetable Egg Rolls - Pair with Weed Cellars Prosecco
Vegetables such as cabbage and carrots are wrapped in flour-based egg roll wrappers and fried to perfection. As fried foods often are, egg rolls can be fatty and oily; this calls for a wine that is high in acidity. Weed Cellars Prosecco’s vibrant-but-balanced tartness will “cut through” the fattiness of the egg rolls. This creates a mouth-cleansing effect so you won’t quickly tire of this heavy dish.
Orange Chicken - Pair with Weed Cellars Italian Sparkling Rosé
Small pieces of chicken are fried until crispy, and then tossed in a tangy sauce made from orange peels. Orange Chicken can be an especially tricky dish to pair with wine because of its sweetness. When food is paired with a wine that is less sweet, the wine appears to be even less sweet than it actually is. This may make the wine seem flavorless and flat. Orange Chicken will not subdue Weed Cellars’ Italian Sparkling Rosé; it is floral, fruity, and semi-sweet. Its airy bubbles and citrusy profile will counterbalance the richness of the fried chicken and the thickness of the sauce.
Chicken Chow Mein
Noodles, chicken, and greens are tossed in savory sauces and stir fried to create this delicious entrée. Because of the oyster sauce and soy sauce that are often found in this dish, salt can feature prominently. Salt in food will often decrease the perception of acidity, overpowering a wine without enough tartness. Weed Cellars Pinot Noir’s vibrant acidity, in addition to its generous fruit and soft tannins, make it the ultimate pairing partner for this dish. The slight sweetness of the sauces brings out the wine’s ripe red fruit notes, and the tannins help to release the flavors of the meat.